Groove Development: 06-08-2019 (1 Bar 6/4 Using Kick And Toms)

A 6/4 tom groove using no snares and following an odd rhythm.

In this lesson you will be learning a groove in 6/4 through a series of steps that starts with a level 1 style groove part played on toms. There will be five modifications made to this starting point, each adding something new to the groove and making it more difficult. It is also worth noting that each step creates its own perfectly decent sounding groove.

It is very important that you can play the step you are on comfortably at a decent tempo before moving on as any parts you get stuck on are going to appear in all subsequent steps. At the bottom of the page you will find a list suggested target tempos.

As an additional exercise, when you have learned the steps as shown below try taking the concepts given and applying them in a different way. For example in step 3 you add a bunch of sixteenth note toms so try positioning these at a different point in the bar. Continue through all steps with any changes you make and write down any ideas you particularly like the sound of.

You can also download a version of this lesson in PDF format. In this pack you also get two extra steps in the groove construction process, three sets of eight bar phrases using the final groove as a basis and audio files in MP3 format of all drum parts. This also includes a drumless version of the backing track for you to play a long to. You can purchase this for just $2 by clicking the button below.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 15.2MB.


Step 1

You start out with a simple eighth note pattern where the right plays the floor tom and the left the high tom. This has a half time feel to it.

Developing a groove in 6/4


Step 2

Add an additional hi tom on beat 1 of the bar with the left hand.

Developing a groove in 6/4


Step 3

The left hand is going to add in some offbeat sixteenth notes on the high tom, mid tom and floor tom. These are all very common level 2 movements but make sure the new notes fall exactly between the numbered and '+' counts.

Developing a groove in 6/4


Step 4

Add a sixteenth kick on the 'a' after count 2.

Developing a groove in 6/4


Step 5

Then two sixteenth kicks on 'e' counts, one after count 4 then again after count 6.

Developing a groove in 6/4


Step 6

Add a mid tom with the left hand over the right hand floor tom on the '+' after count 4.

Developing a groove in 6/4